NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Meredith Marsh hit her first five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. leading Vanderbilt (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to a 77-71 win over North Carolina State on Saturday in the championship of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament.
Marsh hit a trio of 3-pointers to get the Commodores (6-0) off to a quick start, and Vanderbilt held the Wolfpack (5-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes while building a 13-0 lead.Nikkitta Gartrell scored 15 points for N.C. State, while Lucy Ellison had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Bonae Holston 11 points and 11 rebounds.Brittany Strachan scored 11 points, including a tip-in at the buzzer.N.C. State trimmed a 20-point second-half lead to 73-65 on Gartrell's jumper, but Vanderbilt kept the Wolfpack at bay with free-throw shooting, making 28 of 35 for the game -- including two by Marsh on a technical called against Gartrell.Marsh, the tournament MVP, had 16 first-half points without missing a shot, going 4 for 4 behind the 3-point arc with four foul shots.Jence Rhoads added 12 points for the Commodores.